Spiritual Life: Wise words from a Hindu priest

PUBLISHED: 08:00 02 December 2017


Over the past 29 years there have been two significant constants in my life and last week we celebrated their wedding anniversaries.

As a country we celebrated the 70th anniversary of The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh. As a family we also celebrated the 60th anniversary of my grandparents, Mr B N Bhanot and Mrs Krishna Bhanot.

In a turbulent, fast moving and hectic world, both couples, to varying extents, have provided me with a sense of stability, guardianship and guidance.

Having had a flavour of being married for a little over a year, I have gained a real appreciation of how both couples have succeeded in creating and sustaining a winning partnership.

Whether it is the Queen overseeing the governance of our country or my grandma keeping our household in check, these ladies have worked tirelessly with their husbands to ensure that there is a mutual sense of loyalty and understanding.

Both couples have understood that a relationship built on a solid foundation makes succeeding and achieving in the world so much easier.

I can understand that in longstanding relationships it is easy for complacency to kick in. Therefore, it was timely when last week a Hindu priest said to me “couples that pray together stay together, couples that dance together advance together and couples that dine together shine together”.

Both couples have put this advice into practice. Given the longevity of

their relationships perhaps these are wise words from a wise priest.


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